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Lady Owls pick up first win of season

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Lady Owls won the getaway game at the Monroe City Tournament on three RBIs from senior Courtney Crusha.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
MONROE CITY -- The Marshall softball team walked away from the Monroe City Tournament on Saturday with its first win of the season.

After suffering a pair of five-inning losses to begin the eight-team meet, the Lady Owls claimed the seventh-place game from Marion County, 9-6.

That type of offense was missing earlier in the day, especially in the opener when Brookfield sophomore Taylor Ewing tossed a perfect game -- no runs, hits, walks or errors -- during a 16-0 victory.

The top-seeded Bulldogs scored five runs in the first inning on infield singles by junior Alesa Fry and senior Natalie Wheeler, two walks and a three-run error.

Marshall's defense committed four errors during the second inning, which Fry led off with a solo homer. Sophomore Megan Kearns stroked a two-run double and two more runs came in on junior Alexis Lindsey's single.

Sophomore Jaclyn Weydert went two for two at the plate and scored three runs, while Ewing struck out eight batters for Brookfield (2-0) -- which eventually lost the championship game to Knox County, 4-1.

The Lady Owls lost the consolation semifinal to Monroe City, 12-1, although briefly held the lead. Sophomore Hayley Campbell singled with one out in the second inning and scored on junior Hannah Pace's single.

Those were Marshall's only two hits of the game against senior pitcher Tegan Garner, and the Lady Panthers (2-1) struck for 10 runs in the top of the third. They banged out six hits, including a lead-off double from senior Annastacia Shinn and two-run single by senior Olivia Crager, and were aided by five errors.

The Lady Owls scored three runs in the top of the first in the finale against Marion County, senior Jessica Johnson driving in a run with a double and coming in on a two-bagger by sophomore Cheyenne Griffitt, who was plated by senior Courtney Crusha's single.

However, the Lady Mustangs scored in each of their first four at-bats, taking the lead with a three-run second capped by senior Katlyn Booth's RBI single.

Marshall regained the lead on junior Bri Varner's single in the third, but the teams went into the seventh inning tied, 6-6.

Campbell led off with a single, senior Abby Crawford was hit by a pitch and a single by sophomore Shelby Dawson loaded with bases with no outs. Johnson drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run, Pace got the second one home with a single and Crusha's grounder gave the Lady Owls a three-run lead.

Marion County (0-5) was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Crusha knocked in three runs during the game for Marshall (1-4), which hosts Warsaw in a non-conference game today.

Girls' Tennis: Marshall 12, Hannibal 0

HANNIBAL -- The Marshall girls' tennis team began its NCMC campaign Saturday with a 12-0 victory at Hannibal.

This shutout by the Lady Owls was even more impressive than the one two days earlier at Higginsville, since the Lady Pirates (1-1, 1-1 NCMC) boasted seniors in all six of their singles positions.

Yet, sophomore Molly Evans led off at the No. 1 slot with a 10-1 victory. Senior Stephanie Markes, freshman Taylor Crawford and juniors Amanda Harrelson and Idalia Aguilar all won by 10-4 margins -- with the closest contest being junior Payton Beeler's 10-6 win at No. 4.

Evans and Markes rolled to a 10-1 win at No. 1 doubles, while the combos of Crawford and Beeler at No. 2 and Harrelson and Aguilar at No. 3 were tested before pulling out 10-8 decisions.

Marshall completed the sweep in doubles with 10-1 wins for the duos of senior Sam Huston and junior Savannah Simpson at No. 4 and seniors Kaylie Davenport and Ellen Woolsey at No. 5 -- along with a 10-3 victory for the No. 6 pair of senior Cortney Morrison and junior Kayla Elson.

The Lady Owls (2-0, 1-0) could have a tougher challenge today at Grain Valley.

Girls' Golf: Lady Owls sixth at tourney

WARRENSBURG -- The Marshall girls' golf team showed its youth Friday during the season-opening Warrensburg Tournament.

The Lady Owls posted a team score of 521 to finish sixth in the meet, behind the junior varsity squads of tourney champion Rock Bridge (344 points) and runner up Jefferson City (378).

Junior Lindsey Sullivan tied for 21st place with a 120, making one par, two bogeys and six double-bogeys -- but also struggling to 10-stroke scores on a pair of par fives. The next-best Marshall entry was freshman Margaret Miles at 126.

The Lady Owls will head to Jeff City on Tuesday to compete in the Helias Invitational.

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